As the 2021/22 season begins to take shape, it is time to check out the 10 current leaders in the European Golden Shoe race.
The 2021/22 European Golden Shoe race is beginning to take shape as clubs approach the halfway stage.
Last season’s winner Robert Lewandowski is back on top again across Europe’s biggest leagues, having scored a brilliant 23 goals in only 20 Bundesliga games. The Pole is gunning for back-to-back titles, but he has some pretty stiff competition.
The European Sports Media determines the outcome based on a player’s goal numbers and the strength of his league (e.g. goals scored * league strength = total points).
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So here Ace Football checks out the 10 current leaders for this season’s Golden Shoe using only players from a top-five European league.
10. Juanmi (Real Betis) – 24 points
The former Southampton winger has really stepped up for Real Betis as Manuel Pellegrini’s side sit in a surprise third-place in La Liga. From just two goals last season, Juanmi has already found the back of the net 12 times this term.
9. Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco) – 26 points
The Monaco captain has scored in six of his last eight appearances to climb up the European Golden Shoe rankings.
Wissam Ben Yedder’s prolific performances have helped Monaco become top-four challengers in Ligue 1 this season in a tight race that includes Strasbourg, Rennes, Montpellier, Lens, Nantes, Lille, and Lyon.
8. Anthony Modeste (FC Koln) – 26 points
After a difficult couple of years, Anthony Modeste has rediscovered his best form this season.
The French striker returned to FC Koln in the summer from a loan spell at Saint-Etienne and has since put away the goals consistenly in the Bundesliga.
7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 32 points
While many fans have questioned his seventh-place finish in the Ballon d’Or, Mohamed Salah has done his talking on the pitch instead.
The Egyptian forward leads both the Premier League goal and assists charts this season. But as Salah has been away to AFCON this month, he has naturally lost a bit of ground in the European Golden Shoe race.
6. Erling Haaland (B. Dortmund) – 32 points
Had it not been for a hip flexor injury between October and November, Erling Haaland would be higher up on the European Golden Shoe rankings.
Nevertheless, the 21-year-old continues to hammer in the goals at an alarming rate for Borussia Dortmund. If Haaland keeps this form up, he will surely become a serious threat for this award.
5. Dusan Vlahovic (Fiorentina) – 34 points
The 21-year-old is probably the most-talked-about striker at the moment in terms of transfer gossip and his many goals.
A peek at his stats explains why so many top European clubs are said to be interested. In only 21 games, Dusan Vlahovic has already scored 17 goals and chipped in two assists. The Serbian’s efforts have helped Fiorentina become top-six challengers in the Serie A standings.
4. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 34 points
The Frenchman has been the full package for Real Madrid by sitting amongst the leaders in La Liga’s goal and assist charts.
Karim Benzema’s impact is impossible to ignore. Real Madrid lead the way at the top of La Liga already, and a big part of that has been down to his efforts. A quick look at his stats says it all.
His 17 goals and 7 assists make up 51% of the club’s 47 league goals alone.
3. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 34 points
After a somewhat below-par campaign by his high standards last term, Ciro Immobile is banging in the goals at an insane rate for Lazio again.
The Italian has already scored 17 goals in only 19 appearances this season. With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out of the picture for now, on top of Serie A having four more games than the Bundesliga, he has a decent chance of winning a second European Golden Shoe in three years.
2. Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen) – 36 points
The Czech Republic international has carried over his brilliant Euro 2020 form to the Bundesliga this term.
Patrik Schick has already bettered last season’s tally of nine goals by finding the back of the net 18 times in only 17 appearances to help Bayer Leverkusen climb into the top four in the league table.
1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 46 points
The reigning European Golden Shoe titleholder is on course for a second award in as many seasons at the moment.
Despite a change in the Bayern Munich dugout, Robert Lewandowski remains as formidable as ever. The Pole has scored a brilliant 23 goals in only 20 Bundesliga games.